West Virginia University at Parkersburg continues its West Virginia sesquicentennial celebration on Thursday, April 18 with an evening of history. WVU Parkersburg professor emeritus Dr. Bernard Allen will present “Reflections on West Virginia’s Birth and the Years that Followed – Nearly 150 Years of History: An Interactive Lecture.” The program begins at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center and is free and open to the public.
A popular professor, Allen was a member of the college’s faculty for 30 years and was named West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 1996. He taught a variety of history and philosophy courses during his tenure at WVU Parkersburg, including West Virginia history. He continues to teach at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.
Allen is the author of several books on West Virginia and regional history, including “Parkersburg: A Bicentennial History and Where It All Began” with David McKain. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, master’s degree in philosophy from Southern Illinois University, and doctorate in history from West Virginia University. He served as a member of the board of directors of the West Virginia Humanities Council, president of the West Virginia Historical Association of College Teachers of History, and is a member of Pi Alpha Theta and Alpha Kappa Psi.
The lecture will be preceded by a book signing of West Virginia books written by current WVU Parkersburg history faculty members Robert Anderson, Aaron Crites and Gary Tucker.
Those attending the lecture and book signing will also have an opportunity to visit an exhibit, “Born of Rebellion” sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.
WVU Parkersburg’s sesquicentennial celebration is presented with support from the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission.
Remaining sesquicentennial events at WVU Parkersburg include:
- April 1-30 – Exhibit of West Virginia Books, WVU Parkersburg library
- April 16-May 3 – “Born of Rebellion,” West Virginia Humanities Council Exhibit
- April 17 – Showings of “Matewan,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., student lounge
- April 18 – “WVU Parkersburg Celebrates West Virginia History,” College Activities Center, 7 p.m.
- Book signing with WVU Parkersburg history faculty authors: Robert Anderson, Bernard Allen, Aaron Crites and Gary Tucker, WVU Parkersburg bookstore
- Keynote address “Reflections on West Virginia’s Birth and the Ten Most Important Events Since its Birth” with Dr. Bernard Allen, WVU Parkersburg professor emeritus
- April 23 – “The Revolution that Forged a State” with Dr. Ronald Lewis, West Virginia University Professor Emeritus, college theatre, 7 p.m., presented by the West Virginia Humanities Council
- April 24 – Showings of “The Mothman Prophecies,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., student lounge
- April 26 – Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys, 7 p.m., college amphitheater (College Activities Center in the event of rain)
- April 30 – Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate, 7 p.m., College Theatre, presented by the WVU Parkersburg Humanities Speakers Series